Arizona

Arizona is a place without equal, full of incredible natural wonders, one-of-kind places and a long and storied history you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our parks feature everything from the grandest of canyons to acres of saguaros to remnants of our state’s ancestors. Our communities offer visitors incomparable experiences, from wine country to the Old West. And our Tribal lands invite you to witness the arts, traditions and way of life that’s been carefully preserved for thousands of years. Come see what makes Arizona so unique.

Sedona Trail Zen

Sedona Trail Zen opened this past year to offer adventure experiences for any size group. Local guides lead solo adventure seekers to Sedona’s wonders as well as guide and manage large team building events for as many as 30 on the red rock trails of Sedona. Guides take guests to scenic vistas and provide information on the diverse ecosystems of Sedona on both hiking and biking trails. Certified instructors can lead visitors into the wilderness to practice yoga in Sedona’s most pristine locations. They are permitted to guide on more than 100 miles of Red Rock District Trails. Their shop offers information, hiking and mountain bike gear and a bike fleet for rent. A smoothie bar serves healthy refreshments to rehydrate after the trail.

Culinary

New Scottsdale Wine and Ale Trail Maps available for download

Downtown Scottsdale is home to notable wine tasting rooms and breweries, where visitors can sample Arizona-grown varietals and locally-brewed suds. Visitors looking to traverse the Scottsdale Wine Trail and explore the budding ale trail can now download Experience Scottsdale’s new maps of the locales. The Scottsdale Wine Trail mapdirects visitors to Carlson Creek Vineyards, LDV Winery and more. The Scottsdale Ale Trail map points to Two Brothers Tap House, Craft 64, and Goldwater Brewing Co., among others. Visitors can download additional Scottsdale maps and guides of other attractions such as Downtown’s districts, Old Town’s historic sites, and the area’s public art.

Culture/Heritage

New interpretive site at Grand Falls on Navajo Nation

The public experience at Grand Falls, on the Navajo Nation near Leupp, and one of Northern Arizona’s famous desert water features, was enhanced in the fall of 2016 with the construction of a new interpretive site. Interpretive panels explaining the Navajo culture can be found under a ramada structure shaped like a traditional Hogan and new waterless restrooms are now close by. The concrete floor of the ramada features a stamped design of the four sacred Navajo plants: maize, beans, tobacco and squash. Grand Falls typically flows only during snow melt, in the spring, or during monsoon season.

The Navajo Nation Zoo in Window Rock eases the way for everyone

Thanks to a partnership from the Navajo Tourism Department, the Navajo Nation Zoo can now accommodate all visitors. M.O.B. Construction Company from Navajo, New Mexico paved a new pathway to make the entire zoo grounds accessible to the public. The modification now helps those with baby strollers and wheel chairs and helps keep visitor feet dry during the winter and summer rains. This partnership has made the Navajo Nation Zoo a wonderful venue for the Navajo people and world-wide visitors. The Zoo recently held a 40th anniversary celebration in June 2017. The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only Native American owned-and-operated zoo in the country.

Hotel News

A new renovation in Sedona – Arabella Hotel Sedona

Arabella Hotel Sedona will undergo renovations in 2017 to revamp its eight-acre property located among the Red Rocks of Sedona. Renovations will enhance landscaping on the hotel grounds, bring new décor to the hotel’s premier “Trailhead” rooms and include guestroom bathroom renovations. Plans for renovations come shortly after the management takeover of Arabella by San Diego-based hotel management company, RAR Hospitality.   Arabella Hotel Sedona has 144 guestrooms on its property. It is also home to Elote Cafe, which offers Mexican inspired dishes with a modern, upscale twist.  The Arabella Hotel Sedona is located at 725 Highway 179, in Sedona.

New Hyatt Place Opening in Page/Lake Powell

Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell is set to open in April 2018. This newly constructed, three-story, 102-room select service property overlooking Lake Powell will represent a best-in-class hotel for the area. The property will offer travelers an upscale lodging option that provides gorgeous views, intuitive design, a casual atmosphere and a myriad of amenities such as 24-hour food and beverage offerings, a 24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi and extensive complimentary parking to accommodate families, bus tours and boating enthusiasts. The hotel is positioned on a mesa just above Lake Powell, scenic sites like Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Colorado River are just a few miles away. The Grand Canyon, as well as other regional national parks and monuments can all be reached within a three-hour drive.

Cambria Hotels Opens New Upscale Property in Chandler

The Cambria Hotel Phoenix Chandler – Fashion Centerrecently opened in the Phoenix area. The new 136-room upscale property features a pool with cabanas, fitness room, lounge area and 1,300 square-feet of multi-function meeting space. In addition, the property has onsite dining, including a menu comprised of locally-inspired specialties, signature cocktails and local craft beers.  Located near Loops 101 and 202 at 3165 West Fry Rd., the new Cambria hotel is part of the Chandler Viridian, a 25-acre mixed-use development project that includes office space, luxury apartments, retail offerings and a pedestrian promenade to the Chandler Fashion Center. The hotel is near many Phoenix area attractions and several corporate offices, such as Intel, Microchip Technologies and PayPal.

Sedona’s new Secret 7 campaign 

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau has launched Sedona’s Secret 7, an innovative campaign that reveals hidden trails and locations across Red Rock Country. The campaign gives even frequent Sedona visitors more reasons to return and extend their stay by providing a list of unfamiliar places. The Chamber also wants to move visitors away from trails that are heavily traveled in order to help sustain the natural resources for generations to come. Sedona’s Secret 7 is broken into seven categories:  Picnics; sunrise/sunset vistas; stargazing; spiritual; arts and culture; biking trails; and hiking trails. Within each category there are seven different places that offer a doorway to lesser-known parts of Sedona.  It also offers secret tips, like the quiet site with sweeping sunrise views that goes mostly undiscovered by Sedona visitors, or best bets to find reflective pools of water after summer monsoons and even tips on how to be a responsible traveler.

Get your “Pic’s on Route 66” with new street art at Flagstaff Visitor Center

No Route 66 trip is complete without selfies from the road, so cruise over to the Flagstaff Visitor Center (1 E. Route 66) to snap a picture with Arizona’s newest mother road themed street art.  Unveiled in May 2017 in the west parking lot of Flagstaff’s historic train station building, the large scale, 25 feet wide public art was painted by local mural artists, the Mural Mice, to provide a permanent Route 66 photo opportunity for Flagstaff visitors. 

Train enthusiasts drop by Benson to conduct some fun

Benson Arizona was created in 1880 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. It was the hub of Southern Arizona connecting former mining communities and even connecting with the Sonoran Railroad line into Mexico. The railroad history of Benson is an important part of what Benson is today. Thousands of train enthusiasts come to Benson each year just to see the trains come through town. They watch and take pictures of the locomotives and cargo for their railroad photo collections. Now, with a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation, the visitor center has add a “G” scale model train and 96 feet of track around the inside perimeter of the office. A former train control stand was added to allow visitors an opportunity to drive the train and receive an official Benson Train Engineer certificate.